Gary was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year and his Song No More Everyday Blues was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2012 Jersey Acoustic Music Awards.

In addition to guitar Gary also plays the Ukelele, Cajon and Steel Pan

Gary began performing at the age of 6, often singing unaccompanied. He played with various rock bands and in the 60’s and 70’s in Northern New Jersey and Queens, NY. Later in the 70’s he ventured out on his own, mixing the folk music of his early youth with the rock playing at area colleges, including Fairfield University, William Paterson College, Wagner College. He also performed with Harry Chapin and Don McLean during that time. ​

Playing a style known as Trop Rock, a combination of Rock, Southern Rock, and Country music all with a Tropical feel, he covers numerous artists from the 50 through the present, with a summery sound.

Trop Rock Music Association

  • Member of Musicians on a Mission​
  • Member of Holiday Express
  • Performs 50+ shows for various charities
  • Gary Philips, Home Port New Jersey